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Alaskan Town Launches Cars off a Cliff to Celebrate the 4th of July

by Shane McGlaun

A small town in Alaska called Glacier View holds an event each Independence Day that lures in hundreds of visitors. Like many 4th of July celebrations, they hold a parade, and serve up lots of food. The event saw 500 pounds of pork, beef, and chicken served this year. They ate good, that’s for sure.

The main draw, however, is the part where they launch cars off a cliff. I can only imagine this is in lieu of fireworks, since it’s bright out 20+ hours a day this time of year in Alaska.

This year there were four vehicles involved in the tossing of the cars, but only three made it off the cliff. The fourth vehicle was a Ford van that came off the guides and smashed head first into a bulldozer. That sounds like something I might want to see as well. The best cliff jump was an early ’90s Pathfinder that is estimated to have gone 100 yards into the air. Check out the video and see the action for yourself.

This is an event I want to see in person.

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